Drawing Table

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Project by Christophret posted 592 days ago 2056 views 18 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a drawing table like this a few years ago but couldnt afford it, So I decided to make my own.
I did it all from memory and stayed within nominal dimensions, worked out well.

I made a few changes such as using dowels to construct it and a beautiful 1” fir plywood for the top,
which is special to me becuase of it’s age and source. The rest of it is cabinet grade baltic birch with a few pieces of pine for latteral supports. very few mechanical connections, only a few where the most stress is like the hinge ledge. I used to be an illustration major and I’ve been drawing things since I could hold a pencil. So a nice table was always on my bucket list.

I mainly use it to redraw some older scroll saw patterns and a place to throw all the bills and mail.
I have yet to put a finish on it which will be a clear poly and may laminate the top with a matte black formica.
Thanks for looking!

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#1 posted 592 days ago

Great thought process. Really good construction.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 592 days ago

My son is in need of a drawing/drafting table. This is an interesting design. It looks really good. Another project to add to my list.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 592 days ago

Nice table.

Do you use a tee square?
If yes,
How did you ensure the top and left(or right) edges a perfectly perpendicular?

Descriptive geometry can give solutions rapidly without formulas.
Knowing how to draw is allways usefull to mark the boards themselves.
I still have to start to use a CAD software.
The problem with CAD is that you have to use it frequently; otherwise you forget how it works.

Have a look on those sites:

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#4 posted 591 days ago

Thanks Guys!

No CAD here. Everything you see here was done by hand, from layout to construction.
No fancy tools either, circular saw, jig saw, router with flushing bit and a hand drill.

Ironicly enough: I ensured the perfect perpendicularity by using a T-square. :)
While I didn’t put it through micrometer testing, I did make sure the top was as square a humanly possible.
Which is a bold statment, But i will double check in some mannor to see if I did achive perfect perpendicularity. Because now you have me wondering: how human am I ?

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#5 posted 591 days ago

When I saw that plywood top, I figured it must be vintage. I remember when Douglas Fir plywood like that was being pumped out by mills here in BC and shipped worldwide. Not any more . . .

Good looking drawing table !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 591 days ago

Very cool design! I currently work off a store bought drafting table that has no character. I have been planning to build a drafting/drawing table to replace it. Your design is not only interesting, it also allows you to put the image vertical, which would be great for drawing. Thanks for sharing!

-- "When and if the day comes a lion is on my roof, I am hiring a realtor." ShaneA

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#7 posted 589 days ago

That is one good looking design. I have an old draftsman table that unfortunately was used as a mat cutting board for the last 10 years of its life before I got. The top was pretty scored up. I sanded some it out and used it to hold my CAD computer.

Great job.

-- Chris K

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#8 posted 550 days ago

RE: the T-square question. Anyone wanting or needing a T-Square for a project like this might consider a T-Square used by sheetrock (drywall) workers. They are 4 feet long, and about 24” wide at the “T”, usually aluminum, and sell for under $10 US at most ‘Big Box’ stores (Lowes, HD, and others)

-- You're want to do what with WHAT? Now that is a good idea!

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#9 posted 550 days ago

That is an unusual design and looks very nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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